Men’s tennis: Comeback falls short in 4-1 loss to VCU

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Brenden Volk claimed the Tribe's only point of the day. COURTESY IMAGE / TRIBE ATHLETICS

Wednesday, William and Mary was bested 4-1 by Virginia Commonwealth. This loss dropped the College to 2-7 on the road.

The Tribe (10-9) gave up an early 1-0 lead to the Rams (12-8) by dropping the doubles point. The duo of senior Alec Miller and junior Tristan Bautil fell at the No. 1 spot 6-2 against Vitor Lima and Javier Amantegui. Sophomore Brenden Volk and freshman Michael Chen followed suit at the No. 2 spot, falling 6-4 to Arvid Noren and Inigo Torre Martin. Senior Christian Cargill and freshman Louis Newman’s contest went unfinished at the No. 3 spot.

Freshman Finbar Talcott was the first to give up a singles win, falling 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 4 spot to Torre Martin. At the No. 3 spot, VCU’s Javier Amantegui defeated Newman 6-1, 7-5 despite a comeback attempt from Newman in the second set, putting the College down 3-0.

Volk managed to grab the College’s sole point with his 6-0, 7-5 victory over Timo Zgraggen at the No. 6 spot. Despite Volk’s valiant attempt to kick start a Tribe comeback, the College ultimately fell with Cargill’s defeat at the top spot, 7-6, 6-3.

Miller’s contest at the No. 2 spot and freshman Sebastian Quiros’ match at the No. 5 spot went unfinished.

The Tribe will return home Saturday to take on Charlotte at the Millie West Tennis Facility, where the College looks to build on its 8-1 home record.